I have heard of flash fiction, of course, but I must confess that I’ve never given this fun genre a try. That changed last night. My Yahoo! Contributor Network assignment desk offered a flash fiction assignment in 50 words or less. I thought, this is perfect for someone with my limited time!
Somehow I still didn’t get to try it during the day. Then my daughter took two hours getting to sleep and woke up less than half an hour later. As I sat rocking her, I began to think and plot, as my mind is wont to do. I thought of the night our house was hit by a tornado and how so much had happened in so short a time. Could I write a flash peice where so much happens in so few words? I could and did.
Then it occurred to me that isn’t fiction. It’s a flash story, but not fiction, so I’m still thinking about it and playing with it. I started to do a little research and learned that flash fiction word limits are variable, depending on who is assigning it. I like the idea of writing a complete story with rising action, a climax and falling action in just 50 words though. I’m up to the challenge. Anybody out there written any?